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Stanislaus 2030 project receives $1.3M boost for childcare method, economic improvement


Mar 18, 2023

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to allocate $1.3 million for the subsequent phase of the Stanislaus 2030 project.

The county will negotiate a three-year term with the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation to serve as the lead agency for the 2030 project, which seems to bolster economic improvement in the location.

Of the $1.3 million, $700,000 will establish the initial method help and the remaining $600,000 will fund the formation and operations of the Stanislaus Intermediary Organization.

“We spent the enhanced element of a year analyzing our neighborhood economy and attempting to brainstorm with the most powerful minds we could, inside the neighborhood as adequately as outdoors, to position ourselves for a more robust and equitable economy for future generations,” stated Stanislaus County CEO Jody Hayes. “These are lengthy-term considerations. They could possibly have some short-term wins, but we’re definitely, definitely focused on lengthy-term investment and lengthy-term strategic economic impact suitable right here in Stanislaus County.”

Amanda Hughes, the chief strategy officer at the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation, will be the point person for foundation’s efforts.

“We are certainly encouraged by the Board of Supervisors’ help, in partnership with the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation, to certainly create the situations required for collaboration at the population level,” stated Marian Kaanan, CEO of the Stanislaus Neighborhood Foundation. “To do that, we want a quarterback and (Amanda) is uniquely certified to do this type of function.”

In Could of 2021, the Board authorized a prioritized list of spending approaches for the $107 million it received in American Rescue System Act (ARPA) funds. Of that $107 million, $30 million was earmarked for economic improvement and job creation.

According to the Stanislaus 2030 Investment Blueprint, a 55-net web page deep dive into county economics prepared by diverse neighborhood workgroups with advisors from the Brookings Institution, more than half of the county’s population — about 214,000 people — struggle to make ends meet.

Only about 13 % of jobs in the Stanislaus can be classified as “good” jobs, though however a further 22 % are deemed “promising.” The remaining 65 % — just about two of every three jobs — fail to meet the specifications for producing particular self-sufficiency, the report states.

And this straight impacts children in the county.

“We have about 145,000 children in Stanislaus County and 90,000 are building up in struggling households,” Hayes stated for the duration of Tuesday’s meeting. “But the quantity that certainly popped out for us was 85 % of these children have at least 1 adult functioning in the residence. So, we’re not speaking about struggling households precisely exactly where people are not functioning, we’re speaking about functioning households and the struggles they’re facing in today’s economy.”

To halve the quantity of children in struggling conditions, the location will want to create 40,000 more “good” jobs than at the moment exist.

Up to $200,000 of the funds authorized Tuesday will be utilized for youngster-care applications, enabling adults who seek more job coaching the capacity to afford youngster-care options.

“In addition to workforce coaching, we must commit exceptional interest to non-coaching barriers to enter the workforce and coaching applications,” Hughes told the board Tuesday. “Through our function with Stanislaus 2030, and this is not a huge shocker, youngster care is a key barrier for us. Kid care is so fundamentally crucial for economic prosperity.”

Hughes pointed out that in order to meet present workforce demands, the county desires 36,000 more youngster care slots than at the moment exist — pre-COVID numbers that are in all probability bigger currently, some three years suitable following the commence of the pandemic.


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